Posted by Thu, October 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Taking Shots!!!!

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awww look how much it’s grown!!

Holy moly! Can y’all believe it?!?! A year??! Who would have known!? I sure didnt! When I started this, I never thought I would be 3 books in, writing the fourth, so believe me, I am pretty shocked right now. Everything is moving amazingly, and I wish I could tell y’all my fantastic news, but I cant. So hopefully by the time I get back from Disney I’ll be able to share! So lets get on to the fun stuff!

  Y’all know I love you right?

So very much. Y’all have been with me from the beginning and just knowing that you’ll be with me forever makes my heart race. I have the BEST fans in the world, and y’all know I love to spoil you. If I had my way, I’d give each of you a mini Shea, Lucas, and Tate for your pockets, but since I can’t, how about some FANTASTIC prizes??

Here are the prizes!

10 winners will be chosen to win a eBook copy of any of the books (Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.

5 winners will be chosen to win the whole series on eBook.

3 winners will win a swag pack (includes, bookmark, hockey stick key chain, bracelet, and tshirt.)

2 winners will win the whole series signed by me.

and one lucky winner will get the chance to be a beta reader for Blue Lines.

annnnnndddd…..two KINDLE FIRES HD!!!!!!


Yes!! you read that right!!! 2 kindle fires HD will be given to two lucky winners!


I wish I could have given y’all what I wanted but believe me when I am able to give y’all my news, it will make up for the fact that I couldnt. But really? Two Kindle Fires? Y’all are probably screaming! eeek! I know I am, and so is my husband…lol, not for the happy reason either! lol

Also, I’d like to thank everyone who added Blue Lines on their TBR on Goodreads, y’all are the reason there are two Kindles to be given away.

Okay, so in case the fact that I am giving away TWO KINDLE FIRES HD didnt make you scream, how about a little Blue Lines Teaser??

Here ya go!!!

Everyone remembers the moment when they weren’t using their better judgment.

Piper Allen’s moment started with five slow, lusty words that were whispered into her ear.

“I heard you liked me.”

Piper turned quickly from the bar of Wanna B’s to meet a pair of brown eyes that starred in her dreams ever since the very first moment she set eyes on them. Piper didn’t just like the owner of the dark as night brown eyes; she was hopelessly in love him.

Erik Titov.

SO there you go!! EKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay now go enter for all the goodies and make sure to wish Taking Shots a very happy birthday!!!

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  • I need Empty Net Like Now! Cause I will explode if I don’t get more of my fav characters. Love those guys (and gals) like family :))

  • Christi Snow says:

    Happy happy birthday!!! I ADORE this series. All three books were fantastic. I cannot wait for Blue Lines!!

  • Tess says:

    Happy Book Birthday!!!!!!!! What a way to celebrate!!!!
    I would be happy to win any of the prizes but 2 Kindle Fire HDs :O :O :O
    Ive read Taking Shots and Trying to Score so I really can’t wait to read Empty Net and can’t wait for you to finish Blue Lines!

  • Robyn says:

    I love your books! Cannot wait for Blue Lines!

  • Natalie says:

    Happy birthday!

  • Adrienne says:

    I loved empty net because it was such a moving story. So much about forgiving yourself and learning to love yourself to love another. Great proof of the power of love and the healing that happens when you love another.

  • Ellz Readz says:

    Huge Birthday Wishes to your book birthday! Piper sounds like she is going to have some fun, can’t wait to read!! PS.. I LOVE hockey too!!

  • Michele DeFrangesco says:

    I am addicted to this series and cant get enough! Can not wait for Blue Lines!

  • Carol says:

    I will be re-reading these books in anticipation of Blue Lines!! Love them!!!! Thank you so much Toni!!!

  • Joelle Mendes says:

    Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday dear Taking Shots! Happy Birthday to You! I wish I could give you hockey for your birthday but the so-called powers that be won’t let me. : ( I have to tell you that I love you very much and as much as I love your companions, Trying to Score and Empty Net, you will always hold a special place in my heart!

  • Carol says:

    Forgot to add… October is a GREAT month for a birthday. Just wish hockey season (NHL) was happening. At least the AHL is out there!! lol

  • Martha Schlegel says:

    I just found your books and am LOVING them!! As a girl who use to play hockey your girl player at the top is AwEsOmE!!!! oh yea…where can I pick myself up a Shea!! Whew!!!!

  • Morgan Comunale says:

    I need empty net because all of the books that you have written have gotten me through rough times in my life. your books bring me to a different world were nothing goes wrong. you can take me away and be happy. i love you and your books!

  • Jen says:

    Happy Happy Birthday :-) The series is GREAT and I can’t wait for the upcoming books.

  • I am so excited for you! Happy Birthday Shea & Ellie! <3

    I am so proud of you Dollface! <3 You've come so very far && you deserve ALL that is going for you right now! (: Just be sure you remember me when you are all famous and stuff! :D

  • Jaclyn says:

    Congrats!! Love your books!!

  • Rachel Riddles says:

    Love love love this series!!! Can’t wait for Blue Lines and its gonna take a lot for me to love Erik like I love Shea, Lucas and Tate. Congrats Toni

  • Jeanie says:

    Omg. I’m so glad I ran across this series all those months ago! Can’t wait for blue lines

  • Jessika says:

    As if I didn’t laugh hard enough at all the picture/video things on this post, I also screamed because of the wonderful prizes!!! (: Happy Birthday, Taking Shots. & Congratulations, Toni for your big success. I hope everything get’s even better for you!

  • Kristen Bouwens says:

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite couples Shea & Elli. I am re-reading the series while I patiently wait for Blue Lines. Congrats Toni on writing such a Great series. I love them!

  • Andie says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Love this series:)

  • Jenna Roads says:

    Happy Birthday! You really rock ! You are on my TBR list and I can’t wait. Thanks for the chance to win Kindle Fire.

  • Corinne says:

    Happy B’day Taking Shots……& many more ’cause without the first of the series we wouldn’t have what has followed!! Thanks Toni!! =)

  • Susana says:

    I have loved all three of your books..Taking Shots was great I loved Elli….Happy birthday Empty Nest!

  • Mel Bourn says:

    WOW!! Happy Birthday!! I have all but #4 . Anxiously waiting!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  • Kitty says:

    I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Taking Shots, but after reading that, I was so hooked.. Can’t wait for Blue Lines!! Congrats, Toni!

  • Kenda Lowman says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!! Shea and Ellie will always be my first love.

  • Amanda clark says:

    I’m hungry to be a beta reader for blue lines!

  • Bethany says:

    Happy Birthday!! I can’t wait for Blue Lines!!!

  • Myladykat says:

    I bought Taking Shots on October 25, 2011! I’ve been your fan ever since! Happy Birthday, Taking Shots! I can’t wait for your 4th! :)

  • Carole M. says:

    Happy Bday! WTG—Excited for Blue Lines

  • Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!! Shea & Ellie Rock……

  • Marcie Heckman says:

    Happy Birthday, Taking Shots! I LOVED this book because it we can all relate to insecurities and wanting to find our HEA!

  • Katelynn says:

    HAPPY BDAY! I have yet to read any of your books but I have read such good reviews that I am dying to get my hands on them..and as soon as I do you better believe that the reviews will be posted on my site :D Awesome giveaway..btw! Will also post about the giveaway on my webpage! :)

  • Brittany S says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots! It intorduced me to the wonderful world of the Assassins. I felt so close to Ellie throughout that book. She is an amazing character to read about. I think a lot of women feel that way about themselves and it was great to see Ellie grow as a person. It’s hard to explain because it was such an AMAZING book! My mom has finished it and also loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and enjoy Disney!
    Brittany S

  • christina ward says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! happy birthday taking shots!!!!!!!! I have just read all the books and I am in love!!!!!!!! I cant wait until Blue lines comes out!!! Do you know when the release date will be?! I am so excited!!! Everyone needs their happily ever after!!!! I think Fallon and Lucas are my favs, but every book has had me laughing out loud and I have loved every one!!!

  • Gloria Smith says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to Taking Shots, My favorite, book, author and series in the whole wide world!!! This book rocks!!! Cheers to attracting many more fans!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

  • sydney annatu says:


    ur awesomeness is unlimited.
    Especially the characters, I really hope they exist in real life (that would be cool)!!
    I really enjoyed reading this book which always make me smile. And it also taught me a lesson in life that “we should give a person a benefit of a doubt” so he/she can begin to gain trust to his/herself.

    well, that’s all :)
    thanks! :D

  • Jennifer Payette says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!! I can’t wait for the new book to come out! These books just make me happy :)

  • Sami Forrest says:

    Happy Birthday! I miss hockey already! At least I have your books!

  • Shannon Adamson says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!!!

  • Shannon Adamson says:

    And why I liked it??!?!?! Hockey players are just sexy! I love reading about sports figures. This book has got me interested in season tickets to my local farm team!

  • Angie Malone says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to Taking Shots! I am so lucky that I saw a recommendation and found a new series to love. I love Taking Shots becsuse Shea Weber is one of the hottest, most loving heroes to ever come alive for me as I read his and Elli’s love story. The fact that this book is written by someone who knows hockey is a bonus. And it has hot hockey guys! Need I say more?!

  • Jessica says:

    Happy bday!love the the series. Cant wait for blue lines.

  • Grace says:

    Thank you for taking the time and writing a great series. Keep it coming. Happy Birthday!!!!

  • Adriana Noriega says:


  • Amy says:

    Happy Book Birthday, Taking Shots!!!

  • TrishJ says:

    Happy birthday Taking Shots. I love sports heros. I thought Shea was soo hot. can’t wait for Blue Lines. Keep em coming!!!

  • Jenn says:

    Happy 1st Birthday to Taking Shots!!! Keep writing these awesome books!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrea Kepner says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shot! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series and have since I first started with Taking Shots! I can’t wait for Blue Lines!

  • .Ambur. says:

    Woo hoo! :D Happy birthday to Taking Shots, and yay for you, Toni, for accomplishing so much this year! :D I can’t believe you’ve had all three books come out all in one year…that’s crazy fast, and pretty amazing! :D

    My favourite part about Taking Shots was pretty straightforward…Shea…oh I love that boy! ;D Elli’s a lucky lady. ;)

    Thanks for writing your heart out for us, and for that teaser for Blue Lines…I so knew Erik was the father! Knew it! Now it’s confirmed. ;) haha Can’t wait to read Blue Lines, and thank you for this extremely generous giveaway. Thank your hubby for us all, too. Maybe if we all thank him enough, he won’t mind. :P haha

  • Tamara Hutter says:

    Love this series!!!!! So happy book birthday :)

  • samantha says:

    Happy Birthday to Taking Shots!!! Congrats to you as well Toni for getting this far in the series!!!

  • Amanda Cantu says:

    Feliz Cumpleanos!!

    Loved Taking Shots cause Shea pulled the best move evah by recreating Pride&Prejudice just for Elli. *huge sigh*

  • Elisa says:

    I am downloading Taking Shots today.

  • Tobi H says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!! How exciting! I haven’t read you yet but I will!!!! I however LOVED your younger sibling Empty Net!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  • Sheena says:

    Well I just finished reading Taking Shots today and realized tonight that its the birthday for the book. Oooops I am a little behind. However I do really love this book it was so great. It was nail biting to me til the very end. I am sad however that I dont personally know Elli and Shea cuz I sure as hell feel like I do. Anyways when is the movie being made :)….honestly love this book so much! I am ready to move onto the next 2 and waiting on the 4th as well.

  • Shannon Owens says:

    Your Awesome Toni for writing such great books!! Happy Birthday to TAKING SHOTS, such a milestone!! Wish you many, many more!!

  • Danielle Boyd says:

    Happy Birthday TAKING SHOTS!!!! I hope Elli and Shea are doing something wonderfully sinful to celebrate ;) Thank Toni Aleo for writing these amazing books, that have quickly become my all time favorites! Can’t wait for more!

  • Congrats TONI!!!!! Love you and this series!

  • anneleise says:

    Happy birthday! I keep hearing about your books from my bff, but, so sorry, I’ve yet to read them…and I told her about you! I will read them but I’ve got a lineup of books and other stuff…promise.
    Gotta say I’m proud of you for taking a leap & doing what you love. I’m so glad you are finding success with it, as well.

  • Melissa says:

    Three great books in a year is so awesome! Looking forward to more great books next year!

  • bridgetjuliette says:

    I cant wait for blue lines Eeek !!!! finger crossed everyone

  • Danielle says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!! Love the whole series can not wait til Blue Lines comes out!!

  • Luisa says:

    Happy Book Birthday!!! I was just introduced to your series and I LOVE IT!!!! Ive been telling all my friends about it! Can wait for you next book Blue Lines!!

  • kurisutaina says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!
    Toni, thank you for writing such an amazing book!
    I really enjoyed reading it. The characters were very good, I liked them in instant ))
    For the last 4 months I re-read it at least 3 times , I really like this book =)

  • Amber F. says:

    YAY! Toni, I’m pretty positive you’ll have a lot more of these kinds of birthdays!

  • Kayla McGinnis says:

    Happy birthday to Taking Shots!!! You have a way of making the us care so much for the characters. This is an amazing giveway and way to celebrate!

  • Danny says:

    Happy birthday to Taking Shots. I discovered our series just recently, because I love sport romances, especially hockey.

  • Erin says:

    Happy Birthday to Taking Shots. Can’t wait for Blue Lines!!!!! 8)

  • Leslie Trimble says:

    Happy Birthday to Taking Shots!! I loved this book as well as the rest of the series so much because the characters and story lines feel real, by the end of each book I felt like I knew each of the couples and their friends and family. There is nothing better than a book you can lose yourself in and just enjoy, not to mention hot hockey players, who can resist that??

  • Booksie says:

    I haven’t read Taking Shots but I love sports books!!! Congrats on 1 year; you’ve accomplished a lot it sounds like! Blue Lines teaser was that…a teaser…I want more!

    Thank you for a n incredibly, awesome giveaway!!

  • Samantha Cochran says:

    Happy Birthday! This series has touched me in so many ways. It has brought hope and healing into my life!!! I am a fan for life…please don’t EVER stop writing!!!! Oh and one more thing…Go Preds! End the lock out already!!!!! :)

  • Lindsay W says:

    Congrats on the first birthday of Taking Shots! I love this series and can’t wait to read more!

  • Kris says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!

    Loved this series and cannot wait for Blue Lines!

  • latisha depoortere says:

    Happy Book Birthday love your books can’t wait to read more. Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

  • Carolina says:

    Happy Birthday!!! thank you so much for your books Toni, you are an amizing writer, empty net was a great book that helps me to realize that is someone there for me!!! thank you and keeo doing what you are doing!!! Greetings from spain! (Me encantan tus libros guapa, esperando blue lines, besoss)

  • Leafsgirl says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Love hockey and romance books so Taking Shots is the best combo of both worlds!!!

  • Happy Birthday !!!
    I love your series and I cannot wait for Blue Lines.

  • Laura says:

    Happy Birthday! I love your books. Cannot wait for Blue Lines!!!!!

  • Rosa says:

    Congrats! And that teaser from Blue lines, I can’t wait!

  • Fern Curry says:

    eeep Blue lines is already number 1 on my to read list, can’t wait till it is finally out :) x

  • Missy says:

    I cannot wait for Blue Lines!!!!! I actually have read Empty Net 3 times since I purchased it from Amazon for my kindle….I cannot get enough of Audrey and Tate! Happy Birthday, Taking Shots!!!!

    And of course I LOVE the series and hope you keep writing many more books! :)

  • Markita Dawson says:

    I have read ALL of your books and I was excited to know that there were books involving hockey players. Especially Shea Weber! Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!

  • Becky Johnson says:

    Congrats! I am so excited for your continued success! Much love!

  • Christy W says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots, the one that started it all! This is my favorite series, can’t wait for Blue Lines.

  • Faith Dolot says:

    Happy Birthday, Taking Shots! I really really love this series because it has everything in it. It made me laugh and cry and I couldn’t have put it down even if I wanted to. I’m currently reading Empty Net now and I can’t wait for Blue Lines! :)

  • Anny says:

    Aaajhhhh HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAKING SHOTS!! My dear Shea and Eli!!!

    Toni you are just AAAHHHNMAAYYYZIN!! Lol congrats on how far you’ve become and cheers to all the future success coming your way!! Love u!!

    I have all book MINUS Blue Lines.. PLEASE HURRY!! I need my hockey/drama/sexy romance fix ASAP!!

  • Teri Beth says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!! Shea and Elli are amazing! Cannot wait for more from the series!

  • Kim Flores says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!! What’s not to love about it? I never paid attention to hockey before and now I can’t wait for hockey season!!

  • Renee says:

    Just discovered your books (through Goodreads), and am totally loving Taking Shots. As a romance novel junkie, and fellow hockey lover, I love the subject of your series, and it’s just a great read. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!! Just finished Empty Net. I love this series and all of the characters. I enjoy still hearing about them throughout the series. Keep them coming!!

  • Joanne B says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots. This series has been fantastic. Can’t wait for Blue Lines.

  • Kristy Mills says:

    I can’t wait!! I’m so looking forward to this book!

  • Cathy says:

    Happy birthday taking shots! Thank you Toni for introducing me to 3 men (in the series) that still have me thinking of them weekss laters.

  • Alicia says:

    Happy birthday to one of the best books! I’m so excite for anything Toni writes!

  • Toni Arnett says:

    I wish Taking Shots a very happy B-day. I loved this book. It is a great read. Can’t wait for the new book, and I love hockey. So I got to combine two of my favorite things reading and hockey, nothing better.

  • Stephanie Adkins says:

    Happy bithday Taking Shots! I love to read and I like sports so when I found this book I was super excited. Hard to believe it has been a year since I read it. I love this series and cannot wait for the next book.

  • Jessica C. says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots! I really enjoy reading this series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah Handrich says:

    Happy Birthday! Great series!

  • Jenese Leon says:

    Happy Birthday! What is not to love about this series?

  • maria palminteri says:

    Wow me, my son and Taking shots were born on the same day. Love it,.

  • Tawnya Peltonen says:

    Happy Birthday! I haven’t yet read the series but I’m really looking forward to doing so ASAP! They sound great and all of the enthusiastic comments are really making me want to read them more than I already do. I LOVE sports romances. There’s just something about a hero that plays sports…

  • Melody says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!! Congratulations on the new path as a full-time author. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next. I totally loved your Assassins Series and have read each book more than once. Anxiously awaiting the next…… :-)

  • Brianna says:

    Happy Birthday <3 Now his is something tat should be celebrated :) This is my favorite series <3 <3

  • Doll says:

    Keep them coming! I love your series and can’t wait for more great reads!

  • Happy Birthday. What’s not to love when you include my favorite kind of athletes!

  • Tiffany says:

    I devoured this series and then highly recommended it! Can’t wait for Blue Lines! Now my reading partner are going to hit up a few Coyotes games in AZ this season. Whoo Hoo!

  • Maya Pause says:

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Taking Shots!!!! Happy Birthday to you!
    I loved all three books and I can not wait for Blue Lines to come out!!!

  • Danielle Kozloff says:

    I can’t wait for Blue Lines to come out!

  • Danielle Kozloff says:

    I forgot to say Happy Birthday! Congratulations!

  • Hart Family says:

    Happy Birthday! So happy for you. :-)

  • Brie says:

    Congrats on the full-time author status!! Now get to work… I need more hockey hotties STAT!!

  • Susana says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots….Wow unbelievable just one year I found you and your books…i have enjoyed all your books…Empty Nest my favorite…Congratulations…to more Happy Birthday’s….

  • Katie says:

    ahhhhh…beyond excited for this giveaway!!!

  • rosemary says:

    Can’t wait for blue lines to come out!

  • barb speak says:

    Wish I could pre order blue lines but it won’t let me. Do you have anu ideas for the release date yet?

  • barb speak says:

    Need it like yesterday. Having withdrawl

  • Amy says:

    Happy Birthday Taking Shots!
    What did I love about it?? Uh…Shea Adler of course!

  • Ri says:

    OMG missing Taking Shots so much!!!!! It was sooo brilliant! Am gonna reread it again :)

  • vanessa armenta says:

    Happy birthday to one of the best books ever!!

  • molly small says:

    Happy birthday to u happy birthday to u happy birthday taking shots happy birthday to u!!!! Best series ever! Keep em coming!

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